Martin Olsson celebrates with Keith Andrews following Blackburn's opener
By Les Roopanarine
Blackburn returned to the Premier League winners' circle courtesy of a workmanlike victory over 10-man Hull.
Rovers took an early lead when Martin Olsson drilled home from a narrow angle off Hull keeper Boaz Myhill's heels.
Hull suffered another blow just before the break when George Boateng saw red for a foul on Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Myhill kept Hull in the hunt with a brilliant second-half save from Gael Givet, but for all their resilience they could not fashion an equaliser.
It was back to business as usual for Blackburn, who have been woeful away from Ewood Park this season - never more so than in a 3-0 weekend defeat at Stoke - but bettered in their Pennines stronghold only by Manchester City and Tottenham.
Hull, however, who arrived in Lancashire having lost just once in six games since the turn of the year, will be disappointed at their failure to take anything from a game in which, even after Boateng's departure, they were never less than competitive.
Tigers manager Phil Brown has imbued his side with spirit and determination, and both qualities were in evidence as they battled to regain a foothold in the game.
That, however, does not alter the reality that they now sit seventeenth in the Premier League table, just a point above the relegation zone.
Blackburn, on the other hand, climb to the rarefied heights of 11th, although it would be overstating things to say that manager Sam Allardyce outwitted his former Bolton assistant.
Blackburn home form pleases Allardyce
A case of the master putting the apprentice in his place this was not, not least because there was more than a whiff of good fortune about Blackburn's opener.
Olsson, nominally playing at left-back but lurking in an advanced left-midfield position, collected a chipped pass from Pedersen before racing into the area.
The geometry was stacked in Hull's favour, but from the tightest of angles the Swede shook off the attentions of Craig Fagan to force a low shot through Myhill's legs.
The ball appeared to take a nick off the keeper's left heel, and it would be surprising if the Wales international did not receive a call from the dubious goals committee.
Yet it would be harsh to censure Myhill, who had earlier made a superb reflex save from Ryan Nelsen's close-range header and later pulled off an even more impressive one when he tipped a Givet header onto the bar from point-blank range.
Many on Humberside will instead lay the blame firmly at the door of referee Lee Probert, who dismissed Boateng five minutes before the interval for what he adjudged to be an elbow on Pedersen.
It was a moot point - Boateng's arms were raised, but he too was clattered as he contested an aerial challenge with the Norway international - yet the decision unsurprisingly swung the pendulum firmly in Blackburn's direction.
Jan Vennegor of Hesselink had dovetailed promisingly with Stephen Hunt up to that point, setting up the Republic of Ireland man for an early chance that whistled just over before forcing an excellent save from Paul Robinson when Hunt returned the favour.
But Brown, seeking to even up the numbers in midfield, withdrew Vennegor of Hesselink in favour of Nigerian anchorman Seyi Olofinjana, and Hull's attacking impetus understandably went with the Dutchman.
Blackburn had been toothless in attack against Stoke at the weekend, and despite a strong start the problem threatened to rear its head again as they struggled to break down Hull.
Brown wants Boateng red card rethink
The honourable exception was Olsson, who followed up his goal with a right-foot effort that was well gathered by Myhill before heading just wide from a partially-cleared Pedersen throw-in.
Brett Emerton spurned an outstanding opportunity to double Rovers' advantage, shooting straight at Myhill after being put through by El Hadji Diouf, and was quickly replaced by Jason Roberts as Allardyce switched to a two-man attack.
By that stage Brown had made a similarly positive move, introducing Amr Zaki and Kamil Zayatte as he switched to a 3-4-2 formation.
But neither side could fashion a breakthrough and few would begrudge Blackburn victory on a night that began in sombre fashion with an impeccably-observed minute's silence for John Taylor, the Rovers supporter who died in tragic circumstances at the weekend.
Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce:
"It's three home wins on the trot and that's a very pleasing thing.
"That's top-eight form, and here at Ewood Park we're a force to be reckoned with.
"Olsson's goal was a piece of outstanding ability, so I think it would be a shame if it was taken off him.
"He has lots of ability and he has now learned to use it now to great effect.
"Technically, Boateng's offence was a red - but, for me, it wasn't intentional."
Hull manager Phil Brown on George Boateng's dismissal:
"For me, it was a poor decision. I'm not saying the game hinged on it, but the referee reacted too quickly.
"It was a clash of heads with two players going for the ball.
"George was unconscious with a head injury and you can tell by the reaction of the players that it was impulsive.
"The word 'frivolous' has been attached to the appeals procedure, but the decision did affect the game and it could have an effect two or three games down the line if George gets a suspension.
"George can't believe it, I can't believe it, and hopefully Lee Probert will look at it and he won't be able to believe it either."
90:00+4:13 The referee brings the game to a close.
90:00+3:47 The official flags Jason Roberts offside. Boaz Myhill takes the indirect free kick.
90:00+1:39 The referee blows for offside against Jozy Altidore. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.
90:00+0:33 Craig Fagan fouled by Keith Andrews, the ref awards a free kick. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.
88:56 Boaz Myhill takes the indirect free kick.
88:56 Substitution Nikola Kalinic goes off and Steven Reid comes on.
88:56 The official flags El-Hadji Diouf offside.
88:10 Kamil Zayatte concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Olsson. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
87:39 Craig Fagan takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by El-Hadji Diouf.
87:34 A cross is delivered by Tom Cairney, blocked by Keith Andrews.
86:31 Inswinging corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the left by-line played to the near post.
84:52 Amr Zaki challenges Steven Nzonzi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
83:11 Michel Salgado concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Cairney. Tom Cairney sends in a cross, Kamil Zayatte takes a shot. Save
by Paul Robinson.
82:48 The ball is delivered by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save made by Boaz Myhill.
82:16 Centre by El-Hadji Diouf, Steven Mouyokolo manages to make a clearance.
81:53 Corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf played to the near post, save made by Boaz Myhill.
79:12 El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill.
77:42 Corner taken by Amr Zaki from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
76:36 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the free kick.
76:36 Booking Anthony Gardner goes into the book.
76:21 Nikola Kalinic fouled by Anthony Gardner, the ref awards a free kick.
Correction - 74:47 Strike comes in from Amr Zaki from the free kick.
74:47 Shot comes in from Kamil Zayatte from the free kick.
74:47 Booking The referee cautions Ryan Nelsen for unsporting behaviour.
74:42 Ryan Nelsen challenges Amr Zaki unfairly and gives away a free kick.
73:33 Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball, Nikola Kalinic takes a shot.
70:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Gardner on Nikola Kalinic. Centre by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Gael Givet takes a shot.
Save by Boaz Myhill.
69:16 Substitution Jason Roberts joins the action as a substitute, replacing Brett Emerton.
68:08 Inswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line, clearance by Kamil Zayatte.
68:02 Centre by Brett Emerton, blocked by Anthony Gardner.
67:20 Brett Emerton takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a save.
67:12 Seyi Olofinjana takes a shot. Blocked by El-Hadji Diouf.
66:07 Direct free kick taken by Kamil Zayatte.
66:07 Substitution Kamil Zayatte is brought on as a substitute for Andy Dawson.
66:07 Substitution Amr Zaki joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paul McShane.
66:07 Morten Gamst Pedersen challenges Craig Fagan unfairly and gives away a free kick.
65:04 The offside flag is raised against Nikola Kalinic. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
63:32 Nikola Kalinic has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
62:46 El-Hadji Diouf fouled by Seyi Olofinjana, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
60:59 Booking Caution for Jozy Altidore.
60:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Nelsen by Jozy Altidore. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
57:29 Paul McShane produces a cross, clearance made by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
57:13 The ball is crossed by Craig Fagan, Martin Olsson gets a block in.
55:14 Effort on goal by Michel Salgado from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
54:37 The ball is sent over by Martin Olsson, Paul McShane gets a block in.
53:22 Effort from outside the penalty area by Steven Nzonzi goes wide left of the target.
52:55 The ball is swung over by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance made by Anthony Gardner.
52:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Mouyokolo by Nikola Kalinic. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
50:29 Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.
50:29 Booking Paul McShane is cautioned.
50:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul McShane on El-Hadji Diouf.
48:13 Shot from outside the area by Martin Olsson misses to the left of the target.
47:15 Steven Nzonzi concedes a free kick for a foul on Jozy Altidore. Andy Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
45:00+2:17 The half-time whistle blows.
43:50 Shot by Keith Andrews. Tom Cairney gets a block in.
43:03 Substitution Seyi Olofinjana replaces Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink.
42:41 Corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the right by-line, clearance made by Anthony Gardner.
41:45 Corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf played to the near post, Nikola Kalinic takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.
41:39 The ball is crossed by El-Hadji Diouf, blocked by Paul McShane.
40:40 Brett Emerton delivers the ball, Paul McShane manages to make a clearance.
39:47 Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
39:47 Sent off George Boateng is shown a red card for serious foul play.
38:18 Unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by George Boateng results in a free kick.
37:20 Anthony Gardner fouled by Nikola Kalinic, the ref awards a free kick. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
37:03 Steven Nzonzi takes a shot.
36:48 Michel Salgado takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Hunt.
35:44 Anthony Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nikola Kalinic. Free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
34:58 Centre by Brett Emerton.
Correction - 34:08 Headed effort from inside the area by Martin Olsson misses to the right of the target.
34:08 Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Martin Olsson misses to the right of the target.
32:24 Corner taken by Stephen Hunt, clearance made by Gael Givet.
32:07 Corner taken by Stephen Hunt, save by Paul Robinson.
31:35 Stephen Hunt takes the inswinging corner, Gael Givet manages to make a clearance.
31:29 Craig Fagan produces a cross, blocked by Martin Olsson.
30:26 Shot by Martin Olsson. Save made by Boaz Myhill.
29:30 The ball is swung over by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance by Paul McShane.
28:42 Andy Dawson concedes a free kick for a foul on El-Hadji Diouf. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
28:36 The ball is crossed by Paul McShane.
26:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikola Kalinic by Steven Mouyokolo. The free kick is delivered left-footed by
Morten Gamst Pedersen from left channel, Steven Mouyokolo manages to make a clearance.
26:11 The ball is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, save made by Boaz Myhill.
24:42 Unfair challenge on Craig Fagan by Martin Olsson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
22:49 Morten Gamst Pedersen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Fagan. The free kick is swung in right-footed
by Paul McShane, Steven Nzonzi manages to make a clearance.
21:57 Unfair challenge on Anthony Gardner by Nikola Kalinic results in a free kick. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.
17:28 Foul by Keith Andrews on Stephen Hunt, free kick awarded. Tom Cairney delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from
left channel, clearance by Martin Olsson.
Correction - 15:39 GOAL - Boaz Myhill:Blackburn 1 - 0 Hull Own goal by Boaz Myhill. Blackburn 1-0 Hull.
Correction - 15:39 Martin Olsson takes a shot.
15:39 Nikola Kalinic concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Gardner. Steven Mouyokolo takes the direct free kick. Boaz Myhill
gets a block in.
15:39 The assist for the goal came from Morten Gamst Pedersen. Nikola Kalinic concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Gardner.
Steven Mouyokolo restarts play with the free kick.
15:39 GOAL - Martin Olsson:Blackburn 1 - 0 Hull Goal scored by Martin Olsson from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-0 Hull.
14:45 Effort from just outside the area by George Boateng goes over the target.
14:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Nzonzi on Stephen Hunt. Stephen Hunt delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed
from left wing, Steven Nzonzi manages to make a clearance.
13:19 Stephen Hunt takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Keith Andrews manages to make a clearance.
13:05 Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
12:18 A cross is delivered by Paul McShane, Gael Givet manages to make a clearance.
11:16 Steven Nzonzi has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
11:02 El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.
10:18 Paul McShane challenges El-Hadji Diouf unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst
Pedersen from left channel, Anthony Gardner makes a clearance.
10:03 The ball is sent over by Brett Emerton, clearance by Anthony Gardner.
9:22 Handball by Stephen Hunt. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
8:40 Stephen Hunt takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
8:16 Unfair challenge on Tom Cairney by Morten Gamst Pedersen results in a free kick. Steven Mouyokolo takes the direct free kick.
7:42 The ball is sent over by Martin Olsson, clearance by Andy Dawson.
7:00 El-Hadji Diouf decides to take a short corner.
5:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by George Boateng on Nikola Kalinic. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball, Ryan Nelsen takes
a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.
5:13 The ball is sent over by Craig Fagan, Stephen Hunt takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
4:21 Keith Andrews takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Cairney.
3:46 The referee blows for offside against Brett Emerton. Boaz Myhill takes the indirect free kick.
3:16 Steven Nzonzi takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Cairney.
2:05 The ball is swung over by El-Hadji Diouf.
1:28 The referee blows for offside against Jozy Altidore. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
0:00 The game kicks-off.
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